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Two Sides North America announces new president


March 30, 2021
By Two Sides/P&PC Staff

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Two Sides North America has announced Phil Riebel will retire as president of the organization effective Apr. 1.

Kathi Rowzie, who has been running the day-to-day operations of Two Sides since March 2020, will assume the role.

Phil Riebel. Photo: Two Sides

Riebel started Two Sides North America nearly 10 years ago, which counts among its members forestry, pulp, paper, paper-based packaging, chemicals and inks, pre-press, press, finishing, printing, publishing, envelopes and postal operations companies.

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“Everyone who has worked with Phil over the years knows him as a trusted colleague and passionate advocate for the sustainability of print, paper and paper-based packaging,” says Jeff Hester, chair of the Two Sides North America board of directors, in a statement.

“Our industry has benefitted enormously from his efforts to build Two Sides into an organization whose voice is recognized and respected across the paper value chain and among many of North America’s leading corporations. As Phil moves on from his Two Sides role to pursue other opportunities within the industry, I want to thank him on behalf of the board of directors for his dedicated service to our Two Sides members and our industry. Though Phil is stepping down, he will remain associated with Two Sides’ mission as a valuable advocate in our strategic efforts.”

Kathie Rowzie. Photo: Two Sides

“We also want to express our enthusiastic support for Kathi as she steps into her expanded role,” says Bill Rojack, vice-chair of the Two Sides board of directors. “She brings a unique combination of paper industry, sustainability and communications expertise that will help us continue to build on Two Sides’ success.”

Rowzie’s career spans more than 30 years in corporate and consulting roles with Fortune 500 companies, including extensive experience in the paper industry and with industry customers. A longtime advocate of Two Sides, her association goes back to the organization’s beginning, when as a consultant, she was instrumental in helping launch the Two Sides website, educational tools and marketing materials.

“Kathi continues to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives that will be critically important as increasing consumer, government and ENGO attention to the sustainability of print and paper products makes Two Sides’ work more important than ever,” Hester adds. “The board looks forward to working with her as we seek to take Two Sides to the next level.”